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Muse on Booze

Welcome to our blog where we …errr, have a muse on booze.

Sammy and Jymi are just a couple of dudes who love the odd drink and also love to rate stuff, as we all do hey? So why not combine the two.

We review a beer every week and post it each weekend. So keep those eyes peeled now won’t you. As time ticks on we’ll be doing a few other booze related bits and bobs too, so again. EYES. PEELED!

See soon..

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SECRET DES MOINES

BREWER: Brasserie Goudale, Hauts-de-France

STYLE: Tripel

ABV: 8%

VESSEL: 75cl bottle

TWITTER: @La_Goudale

INSTAGRAM: brasserie.goudale

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Normally, when someone stumbles across or invents something great they keep the process of how to create it to themselves so only they can produce it for the consumers of the world. I’m talking about the likes of Big Mac sauce, Colonel Saunders spice mix and Meat Liquor’s chilli burger patty mix, you know, important stuff. The Tripel we have up for review here is the same. Those crafty monks produced Secret of the Monks centuries ago and kept how they did it tucked away deep in their habits. But somehow somewhere the info getters over at Goudale got their tenacious mitts on this beer recipe and went about producing it for us, the modern day beer consumer.

And I for one am glad they did. Because, you can tell why this was kept a secret for so long. Going back to the beginning of this blurb, it’s because it’s great. In fact it’s beyond that…

Hidden behind the abundance of bitter sweet fruity flavour is a subtle aromatic spice that leaves you so very content with every sip. The taste is strong which isn’t surprising from an 8% blonde but doesn’t detract from the outstanding flavour. The colour in the glass is a fantastic pale gold that makes Secret des Moines look irresistible. All coming out of an incredible looking traditional 75cl pop lid bottle.

Unlike a Big Mac this is not something to devour in less than 30 seconds but one to sit back and savour whilst reflecting on the amazing things that this world can bring us. Secret des Moines being one of them.

Jymi’s Rating: 86%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

In 2017, Secret Des Moines was the France winner of the World Beer Awards. That’s quite a reputation to live up to but it does give an insight into the quality of this beer even before it is opened. And, like some other continental traditional beers, it comes packaged with no attention to quality spared. The 750ml bottle with the Grolsch style opener makes for a great sharer and adds to the sense of occasion.

The nose is light and sweet, which reminds me of a summer’s day in a floral garden. It conjures up images of freshly cut grass, bees humming in the background all topped off with a gentle cooling glass of the finest beer. All of this is made all the more real by the fantastic colour in the glass. It’s pure temptation.
Secret Des Moines doesn’t hold back in the flavour department either. The sweet, sugary front-up taste is quickly supported by the short sharp bitter honey after burn. Together, they make a great combination and thoroughly enjoyable beer.
It’s not hard to see why this beer is so highly acclaimed. Secret Des Moines is a class act and is one to be cherished on many a special occasion. Share it, or enjoy it alone, and you won’t be disappointed. Pick up one of these as the first beer of the evening and you’ll be very happy. More than that may be a little too much.
But there’s always the next night…

 

Sammy’s Rating: 88%

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 87%

 

MOB review next weekend: VOE by SWANNAY BREWERY

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VUUR & VLAM

IT’S OUR SECOND BIRTHDAY TODAY AND WE’VE STUMBLED ACROSS A BEAUT! AND IT’S ONLY GORN AND BROKEN INTO THE TOP TEN!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US.

VUUR & VLAM

BREWER: Brouwerij de Molen, South Holland  

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 6.2%

VESSEL: 33cl bottle

TWITTER: @molenbier 

INSTAGRAM: molenbier

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Our label has an abundance of information about this beer for us to absorb, and all very precise. We’re told to drink at 7º Celsius. We’re informed that pils and caramel malts are used. We’re told the bitter cascade hop is used as well as the dry hops of Amarillo, Columbus, Chinook and Citra. We’re informed that it is an unpasteurised and strong beer, backed up by the fact that 6.2 alc./vol. is also mentioned. We’re told we have an EBC (colour) measurement of 21 and an EBU (bitterness) measurement of 63. We also have the English translation of Vuur & Vlam given too us… Fire & Flames. But once we get to the bottom of our label we are finally told what type of beer this is. It’s an IPA. But oddly this South Holland brewer has stuck ISH just after the description. Not particularly precise.

India Pale Ale – ish ? How very odd.

But to be honest once I’d opened the bottle and had a good ol’ sniff and a large ol’ gulp I couldn’t have given two hoots about the ish thing because what I had in front of me was an finely packaged ale that smelled fantastic and tasted great, really really great.

The nose was one of beautiful caramel which I would never bore of and the taste is a tropical caramel delight. Texture wise even though V&V is highly carbonated it is also somehow wildly smooth.

My one criticism is that it is just lacking a little bit of umph. Possibly lacking, ironically you could say, Fire & Flames…

This is a genuinely wonderful beer and with just a little injection of F&F it would have blown the roof of the MOB testing hut clean off.

Jymi’s Rating: 85%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

There are lively beers and then there are lively beers. Vuur and Vlam is a lively beer. Actually, it is more alive than a dog on heat. And we all know how lively that can be (cue memories of your neighbour’s dog awkwardly humping your leg as you casually try to shake it off both literally and socially). The head keeps on growing in the glass – more so than any other beer that I’ve seen before. You have to be careful that you don’t lose this one to its head. As the saying goes, its gone to its head.
Besides its liveliness, the story of this Vuur and Vlam is one of caramel. It’s caramel in colour, it’s caramel on the nose and it’s caramel on the palate. And behind the caramel and liveliness, is a refreshing quencher that manages your thirst like ice-cold water does on a hot summer’s day.
Vuur and Vlam is a versatile beer and,dangerously, its alcohol content is masked by the clever brew used on this ale. Although some may view its lack of bitter follow through, I see this as a strength of the beer. It gives it that refreshing feeling mentioned earlier on.
It’s fair to say that I really like this beer. It has so much going for it and, I believe, that it would satisfy many-a-beer drinker. Vuur and Vlam sits well in the world of beers. As Jymi said, “Very good beer that”.
Job done.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 86%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 85.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: SECRET DES MOINES by BRASSERIE GOUDALE

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NEXT MONTH, THE MOB SQUAD TRIAL BEGINS

TOP TEN AFTER TWO

 

It’s our second birthday on Friday so same as last year we are bringing you a Top Ten so far.

One year on YU LU still sit’s top of the tree…

Why?

Because it is utterly fantastic, that is why.

Siren Craft Brew based in Berkshire have somehow brewed a brew that is weak enough to have on your Cornflakes but tastes good enough to serve at the Royal banquet for Royal beer drinkers… Just brilliant.

YU LU

 

MUSE ON BOOZE TOP TEN AS WE TURN TWO

 

1 – YU LU – SIREN

2 – NECK OIL – BEAVERTOWN

3 – DANCE LIKE EVERYONE IS WATCHING – CLOUDWATER

= 4 – PURITAN – TWO COCKS

= 4 – INSPECTOR REMORSE – ELECTRIC BEAR

6 – PUNK IPA – BREWDOG

7 – DEAD PONY CLUB – BREWDOG

8 – PRIDE & JOY – VOCATION

= 9 – FUCK ART – WE’VE GOT ZESTAPPEAL – TO ØL

= 9- WERRRD! – ELECTRIC BEAR

  

TOP 10 AFTER 2

 

BIRTHDAY BEER AND REVIEW NUMBER 104 WILL BE VUUR & VLAM

CAN IT BUST INTO THE TOP TEN?

LET’S SEE THIS COMING FRIDAY

 

 

24 CARAT

BREWER: Rebellion, Buckinghamshire

STYLE: Golden Ale

ABV: 5%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle

TWITTER: @RebellionBeer

INSTAGRAM: rebellionbeer

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

So, here we have 24 Carat. It’s nothing to do with donkeys or rabbits, because that would be 24 Carrots. Quite a good idea for a beer really, but that’s for another time.
I’m not a fan of the gold tinged label. I get why The Marlow Brewery have produced it, I really do. But it just doesn’t quite work for me.
However, what I do like is that when you pour 24 Carat from the bottle, you don’t have to bring the glass to your nose to get the aromas. They readily fill the surrounding air and there is the strong smell of hops. Tropical, sweet hops. Good job on that front Rebellion.
On the palate, 24 Carat is sweet on your first meeting. Then quickly backing that up, you get the dry bitter aftertaste. It’s almost too bitter, but it’s just right. Well balanced and fruity makes for an enjoyable drink.
It’s possibly too fruity and bittersweet for a session beer. But for a one (or two) off down the country boozer with your pals, well, 24 Carat would be right at home.

Sammy’s Rating: 73%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Smart ol’ beer we have here, in both senses of the word….

Interior wise you’re first met with a lovely, lively and large whiff of fruit and hops. This then leads you seamlessly into your first sip which I have to say took me aback. The reason being that although the exterior is very smart, it is also very traditional. So even though I had learned from the label to expect firm nods to an American Pale, my brain was still expecting it to just be a good British ale. So of course, I dusted myself down, sat up straight and went in for another go of 24 Carat, this time knowing what to expect. She is a beauty this one let me tell you. Some British tradition in the background with some APA flair setting it all off. The first second of each sip is just fantastic, so much flavour.

On a side note I have to say… I hate the name. It’s tacky. And I feel I would be genuinely embarrassed ordering a pint of 24 Carat from our pal Ralph the landlord.

I am also not a fan of the gold nature of the label. Although it is tidy and it’s obvious why Rebellion have done it… I don’t think it looks great.

But as I say, a smart beer in both taste and appearance.

Jymi’s Rating: 81%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 77%

 

MOB review next weekend: VUUR & VLAM by BROUWERIJ DE MOLEN

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Errr, next weekend we’re TWO!!!

104 WEEKENDS – 104 BEERS – 104 REVIEWS

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WE WILL POST A TOP TEN SO FAR ON WEDNESDAY… WILL VUUR & VLAM MANAGE TO BREAK INTO IT ON FRIDAY!?!

check out our first ever review here (it’s a bit shit (actually.. it’s alright))

 

 

 

 

 

ONION JACK PALE ALE

BREWER: Brasserie Voie B, Brittany 

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2%

VESSEL: 33cl bottle

TWITTER: N/A

INSTAGRAM: #voieb is as good as it’s gonna get party people

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Onion Jack – I mean, are you serious? Someone (or some people) has actually decided to name a beer Onion Jack. I am assuming that it is meant to represent the fusion of French and English. That is, a French brewery making an English beer. If I so wished, I could go onto the internet and find out. But to be honest, I cannot be bothered as the team behind Onion Jack seem to have put so little thought into this product.
Anyway, as is a necessity, I need to sample this drink…I’m afraid it’s not good. No, actually I am not afraid that it’s not good. The reason for this is that Onion Jack is poorly conceived. It’s poorly packaged. It’s poorly brewed. All in all, it’s quite a poorly beer.
The best that I can say for it, is it’s just about drinkable. No more.
Look, there are so many great and good beers out there. This is not even worth bothering with.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 34%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

On October 18th the third Onion Jack Tour will touch down in Dorset. They bring with them, tradition, onions, tunes, shallots, smiles, onions, entertainment, wine, garlic, onions and a whole lot of…………..P A R T Y ! !

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Historically,  it’s always been a challenge to exactly date the start of a trade, and then predict when it may disappear or even decide when to revive it as well as sharing a joyful tradition. As such, the third edition of the Onion Jack Tour will be a journey connecting the past traditions to the future of this profession. 

The association Onion Jack puts forward the tradition around the Johnnies in Brittany where the Roscoff pink onion is grown and conditioned in strings in a unique way and in Great Britain where this particular trade has become so scattered around the country it has now almost become a myth. 

If you ever wondered where the cliché, most loved by the British, of the Frenchie wearing a beret and a stripy jumper and displaying a string of garlic around their neck comes from… seek no more!  The trade of the Johnnies, those Breton farmers and sailors who cross the Channel to sell, among other local produces, the Roscoff pink onion to their British neighbours, has been ongoing for 200 years.

It is in Roscoff, a small city in Finistère with a past of hosting corsairs and the original home to the Johnnies that the celebrations will kick off. 

As far as the party is concerned,  a programme of live shows, music, circus entertainments will accompany the Johnnies to the centre of the Onion Jack village on the old harbour of Roscoff, from 17th to 19th May, to entertainment both adults and children. Once again this year, onions, shallots, strings of onions as well as various other Breton produces will be shipped by sailing boats from Roscoff to Bridport in October.

The Onion Jack is an opportunity to showcase Brittany through its traditions (parade of the Johnnies), its products (Breton market), its artists (gigs, street art performances), its rich maritime heritage (shipment of goods by sailing boats, sea parade, the French Sea Rescue Association stand, Surfer Rider association), its cuisine richness (non-stop catering service using local products), its youth (school activities, games and entertainment for children), its language (tea time with the Johnnies,  Breton music).

Because history is like a succession of waves, sometimes with winds going in all directions, join us this year:  in May in Roscoff and in October in England to blow into our sails, reviving the spirit of the Johnnies.

The Onion Jack Pale Ale sits perfectly alongside this band of merry Men and Women. Easy drinking, no fuss and sessionable beyond belief.

The fact it isn’t very good doesn’t really matter.

Jymi’s Rating: 52%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 43%

 

MOB review next weekend: 24 CARAT by REBELLION BEER COMPANY

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OLD GOLDEN HEN

BREWER: Morland, Oxfordshire (now owned by Greene King, Suffolk)

STYLE: Golden Ale

ABV: 4.1%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle

TWITTER: @greeneking :/

INSTAGRAM: #morlandbrewery  ,  will have to do :/ :/

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I’ve known that we we’re going to be testing this ale at the end of the Summer for a while now so every time I’ve walked down a beer aisle of a store I’ve made a point of more than glancing at Old Golden Hen to get an idea on my thoughts on how it’s packaged up.

From very early on one thought kept coming into my mind. It was a thought that made me think… can I really say this in my review of OGH?
But yet the thought kept coming.

So as I settle down to write I’m now at the horrible moment of whether I come out with it or not….

PISS BOMB

There, I said it, though maybe regret it a little now.

For those of you that don’t know what a PB is, it’s where you take a bottle and….. errrr you know what it is don’t you.

In all seriousness I’ve never really been a fan of the look of Golden Ale’s in a clear bottle. Even if the label is great (see our Spitfire Gold picture) it still kills the over all look of the packaging dead.
Now what Morland seem to have done is take what is already an awful looking clear bottle of ale and stick a label on it that possess a huge yellow outline.
Just a massive error in my opinion as it really cheapens what is actually a pretty decent beer to drink… let’s get on to that shall we.

OGH is crisp and refreshing, yes it is lacking a little depth but you can forgive it for that because it is a real joy to drink both in taste and texture. It is all quite subtle but the taste is tropical and fruity and the texture is lovely and smooth with a hint of the galaxy hops coming in at the end.

A good, easy drinking beer this. Disaster packaging aside, I’m a fan.

Jymi’s Rating: 66%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Old Golden Hen is not groundbreaking by any means. But then there are many beers that aren’t ground breaking. And, to be fair, you don’t have to be groundbreaking to be good.
No, what OGH is, is solid. It’s good for many occasions. You’d be as happy sipping one on a cold winter’s eve as you would on a warm summer’s day.
It’s pleasant on the palate and is fairly light and crisp. There’s not much to write home about with regard to USP, but, hey, who cares?
It’s probably not going to be the top of your to try list. However, if you’re offered an OGH, you’d be mad to turn it down.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 68%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 67%

 

MOB review next weekend: ONION JACK PALE ALE by VOIE B

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WERRRD!

 

100 WEEKENDS.. 100 BEERS.. WELL DONE US!

WHOEVER OUT THERE HAPPEN’S TO READ THIS DIRGE WE HONESTLY DO APPRECIATE IT AND HOPE YOU ENJOY IT! SHOULD YOU WANT TO SPREAD THE WORD THEN GO AHEAD AND DO IT WILL YA!!

AN IDLE CHAT AT THE PUB WITH THE LANDLORD AND MAYBE A CHUM..

SUNDAY LUNCH WITH YOUR NAN WHO JUST LOVES A PINT..

A COLD MONDAY EVENING DOWN THE SNOOKER CLUB WITH THE CREW..

THESE ARE PERFECT OPPORTUNITIES TO SPREAD THE MUSE ON BOOZE LOVE PEOPLE!!

EITHER OR WE WILL CONTINUE WHAT WE DO REGARDLESS SO HERE IS TO ANOTHER 100 AND ONE DAY 500,000 🙂

Anyway,

 

WERRRD!

BREWER: Electric Bear Brewing Co., Somerset

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 4.2%

VESSEL: 440ml tin 

TWITTER: @ElectricBearUK

INSTAGRAM: electricbearbrewing

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

I am a fan of the traditional English language.  I like fat to be spelt F A T not P H A T.  And when using the word ‘beef’, I use it as a culinary term, not as a reference to an argument or gripe with someone. However, alas, I have to concede that the English language is ever evolving, so I have to accept that at some point we will have a beer named Werrrd (and yes it does appear as an error on Word (ironically), which makes me feel slightly vindicated in my views). That point has arrived – it doesn’t mean I have to agree with a beer being named Werrrd.

It is true, though, that Electric Bear Brewing Co. do know how to make something look good.  While Werrrd is, according to yours truly, not well named, it is well dressed up.  I guess all in all, you could say it’s very street and I’m sure the younger generation will love that.

Once let loose from it’s distinctive casing, Werrrd has an incredible colour in the glass.  It looks blonde, has a fantastic head on the pour and looks sexily tantalising. Its seductive case is only added to by its heady aromas, which are, you guessed it…tropical to the nth degree. Well, it is brewed with Centennial, Citra and Mosiac hops, so it’s no surprise.

Where we want a beer to deliver is in its drinking.  Werrrd doesn’t quite live up to its heady nasal notes, but it is a good drink.  Its main strength lies in its thirst quenching ability.  It’s light and hits the right grapefruit notes on the palate.  This, together with its short-lived bitter length, makes it a great summer brew.

All in all, Werrrd is one for the trendy youngsters. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a one trick pony, as so eloquently once said in the Apprentice by Stuart Baggs (UK version), it’s “field of ponies”.

Sammy’s Rating: 83%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I regard myself as pretty flippin’ cool you know. My eldest daughter definitely agrees. This was cemented by the fact that she almost laughed at me walking down the pretend staircase behind the sofa when her pals were over for a sleepover.

Unfortunately when it comes to being down wit da kidz legit, I may have lost my flava a little due to thinking the beer we were testing this week was actually called WEIRD. And then on closer inspection this evening I still struggled as to what it was actually called. Werrrd?? As in the noise a fan made before being asked to cease fanning? And then it hit me… WERRRD, as in, WEERRRRD DAWG!! (see, cool me).

Blimey crackers, what a name for a beer!! I actually quite like it now I’m on script. Craft ales and beers generally are evolving so why shouldn’t the names? I’m sure if you tried to order a pint of Werrrd! down the Dog & Dickhead old Ralph the landlord would probably stick one on you, but to be fair, Ralph almost certainly wouldn’t have put this beer on in the first place. Situation averted. Phew, Ralph is pretty tough.

I have to say the look of this tin is exceptional. So inviting!! As sweet as the ghetto blasters and general scene are it’s the colours here that are doing it for me. The spikes and contrasts are just phenomenal.

Now, knowing this is simply an APA with no mystic and weighing in at a mid to low range 4.2% abv, I had nothing to be wary of nor really think about. This was either going to knock it out the park or not.

So Electric Bear Ruth stepped up,  Mr Pitcher threw down the best ball he could muster…

And my Werrrd! Electric Bear Ruth KNOCKED IT OUT THE PARK!!

This is a cracking American Pale!!

It’s the can info that starts your experience off, informing us drinkers to expect an aroma of pink grapefruit, mango and orange rind. And yup, without a doubt a dry, sweet citrus nose she has. We’re also told that there is a piney and zippy bitterness to the finish and again this is what you get. What really hit me is just how refreshing Werrrd! was. So crushable it’s ridiculous. It think this is due to the beer as a whole being quite thin but the taste being great. So for an American Pale it’s not too over powering and in your face.

Electric Bear beers are not that easy to come by unless you’re near the South West of England but people I call on you to do what you can to get hold of this brew.

Peace (mic drop, slippers on).

Jymi’s Rating: 87%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 85%

 

MOB review next weekend: OLD GOLDEN HEN by MORLAND

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 So the Second Muse on Booze Summer of Gin is over and the 100th beer review celebrations are dying down… So what to look forward to now?

Well, in not very many weeks it will be our Second Birthday (104th beer review, do pay attention at the back) and a TOP TEN SO FAR will be coming your way the Wednesday prior.. pretty exciting huh? 

Not only that but we are going to trial a new idea on November 8th. It’s called MOB SQUAD, and for now…that is all you need to know.

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